Remembering Frank Stentiford
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İRoy Hewitt

 

Discovering that your husband or son had been killed could sometimes be very hit or miss. The following extract from the Crediton Chronicle of September 8th 1917 describes how Florence Stentiford, Frank's wife, received her bad news - almost a month after Frank had died:

 

PRIVATE F. STENTIFORD

 

"Mrs. Frank Stentiford of Chapel Downs Cottages, Crediton, received a letter on Monday from Private Passmore of Crediton, informing her that her husband, Private F. Stentiford of the Devons, had been killed inaction. The next morning an official intimation was received from the record office saying that Private F. Stentiford had fallen in action on August 10th and expressing regret.

 

Private Stentiford was one of eight brothers, and the second to fall in action*. He was employed before the war by Mr. J. M. Pope, of the Barton, Copplestone. He enlisted in the early months of the war, and in a very short time was sent to France where he has been ever since, with the exception of one short leave. He took part in many thrilling scenes. A wide circle of friends sympathise deeply with his widow and her little daughter, also with his parents in the irreparable loss they have sustained."

*We believe that Frank's brother Albert, the eldest son, may have been killed during the 2nd Boer War. 

 

The daughter of Frank and Florence Stentiford  referred to above was Evelyn  who was born in Crediton in the September Quarter of 1914 and was 3 when Frank died. When she married in the September Quarter of 1938 her name became Twitchin. 

 

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